Tactics, the Matrix, and Habits

Jun 7, 2014, 2:46 AM |

Yes, tactics are important. But how many, and what are they good for anyway? 

If you play chess primarily for fun, you will pick up tactics in a way best suited to you: through playing. 

For those who wish to progress in Chess, there are online sites. Thankfully the days of combing through weekly newspapers for a single puzzle are gone, and you can do as many tactics as you can mentally manage online. I personally use ideachess.com and chesstempo is very good as well. en.lichess.org has mating tactics only, so it's good to get a bit of each, in my opinion. 

What is awesome about binging on tactics, is after a while, you enter the matrix and tactics jump out everywhere! It's quite incredible. A simple formula would be More tactics = Matrix power of tactical sight. I kid you not. 

It takes roughly 30 days to form a habit, so challenge yourself to do 50-100 tactics per day for a month (I'll do the same), and let's see if you don't just feel superhuman about your tactical ability. 

Happy hunting!